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REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.


“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”



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Yep, it's a hard call for sure.


Someone who would be the 'Steve Jobs' of Microsoft ... Bill Gates moved on...

Don't think anyone could pull that off inside the Redmond giant.

It would take a situation like the one at Apple in the 80's before someone could walk in and remake the company in any way they saw fit.

Complete failure of the business, loss of capital, total devaluation of the company, and bancruptcy looming.

I don't see that happening anytime soon at Microsoft. It is a long, slow decline into doddering old age which started years ago and has many years left to go.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Microsoft bought Nokia. How unexpected! :whistling:


I told you Elop will be Balmer's replacement.

He went in and set this all up from the inside and Microsoft took over Nokia phones, now they own the hardware portion of that business.

He deserves the job.

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